What's In, What's Out for 2013

In: Northern lights. Out: City lights. The year ahead is filled with up-and-coming travel trends to watch. Find out Travel Channel's picks for what's hot (and what's not) in 2013.

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Presidential Inauguration

Presidential Inauguration

“Faith in America’s Future” was the theme of America’s 57th presidential inauguration. In a nod to 2 big milestones -- the 150th anniversary of both the Emancipation Proclamation and the Capitol dome’s completion -- the Washington, DC, festivities culminated in President Obama’s public swearing-in ceremony on the Capitol’s west side. 960 1280

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One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

Out of the ashes, a resilient triumph: In November One World Trade Center was officially named the tallest building in North America. The height of One World Trade Center was purposely set at 1,776 feet, in tribute to America’s Declaration of Independence and the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. 960 1280

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Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George of Cambridge

Royal baby mania gripped the world, as news crews waited outside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital for news of Kate and William’s royal delivery. Initial reports of a baby girl were quickly put to rest once the easel outside Buckingham Palace delivered the July 22 news: George Alexander Louis had arrived. 960 1280

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Breaking Bad Tours

Breaking Bad Tours

It’s not every day that a city embraces its image as a meth-producing drug haven, unless, of course, that city is the subject of one of the most popular dramas of all time. Breaking Bad put Albuquerque on the map in a big way, and while Walt and Jesse’s adventures have ended, don’t count on Breaking Bad tours to follow suit anytime soon. 960 1280

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Government Shutdown, Blue Ridge Parkway

Government Shutdown, Blue Ridge Parkway

For the first time in 17 years, the US government shut down in October, and for the next 3 weeks, the nation watched as America’s national parks and memorials were barricaded. The grim news turned the spotlight on state parks nationwide, as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway, where travelers could still find reprieve. 960 1280

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Gettysburg Anniversary

Gettysburg Anniversary

At just under 300 words, the Gettysburg Address summed up what was at stake in the Civil War, and what the death of tens of thousands of young men could ultimately mean to a hurting nation. In November the town of Gettysburg celebrated Lincoln’s words, months after having marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. 960 1280

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London Underground Anniversary

London Underground Anniversary

London had its own big 150th anniversary to celebrate this year, with the London Underground – the world’s first underground railway – marking its historic birthday. Various events throughout London have marked the Tube’s 150th anniversary, including a restored antique railway that traveled the same path as the Tube did back in 1863. 960 1280

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Pope Francis, Vatican City Tour

Pope Francis, Vatican City Tour

In a shock to the world, Pope Benedict abruptly resigned in February, becoming the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years. But then the world got a look at affable Pope Francis, originally from Argentina, and an upbeat air returned to this fascinating city-state within Italy, along with renewed interest in Vatican City tours. 960 1280

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Miss America, Atlantic City

Miss America, Atlantic City

It was exciting enough that the historic Miss America pageant returned to Atlantic City for the first time in 6 years. Then the pageant got even cooler when 2013’s winner turned out to be the first-ever Miss America of Indian descent: New York native Nina Davuluri. 960 1280

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JFK Assassination Anniversary, Dallas

JFK Assassination Anniversary, Dallas

A dark day in Dallas, and the nation’s history, was relived in late November, as somber crowds gathered in Dealey Plaza to remember America’s 35th president. This year marked the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, sparking epic reminiscences of how life changed that day. 960 1280

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Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

In the 1970s, Grand Central Terminal was slated for demolition, until Jackie Kennedy joined in the effort to help save the iconic NYC train terminal. February marked Grand Central’s 100th anniversary, and with it, the continuation of a NYC landmark that sees some 700,000 commuters a day. 960 1280

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Beating out some formidable competition (Istanbul and Madrid), Tokyo landed a big win in September: For the first time since 1964, Japan’s capital got the nod to host the Summer Olympic Games. Slated for 2020, the games will unfold in Tokyo’s revamped National Olympic Stadium. 960 1280

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Bret Michaels on Travel Channel

Bret Michaels on Travel Channel

In May, legendary rocker Bret Michaels traded in his mic for a sledgehammer and a whole new venture. As host of Travel Channel’s Rock My RV, Bret brought his passion for RVs to Travel’s audience, and proved that America’s favorite bandana-wearing rocker knows how to rock it in more ways than one. 960 1280

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Hyperloop

Hyperloop

No, it’s not Blade Runner, it’s better: The futuristic Hyperloop will transport passengers in under 30 minutes between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The vision of billionaire Elon Musk, which he unveiled in August, the solar-powered transportation system is slated to take off once California state government approves the project. For commuters who must currently brave a 6-hour commute, that may not be a moment too soon. 960 1280

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Obamas in Ireland

Obamas in Ireland

First Lady Michelle Obama’s paid a visit to the Emerald Isle in June with daughters Sasha and Malia. Part of the Obamas’ 2-day Ireland trip included a visit to the valley of Glendalough, in County Wicklow, where they met with local tour guide George McClafferty. No word on whether he sang, “There’s No One as Irish as Barack Obama,” to them in honor of the president’s Irish roots. 960 1280

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Ghost Adventures in Transylvania

Ghost Adventures in Transylvania

In October, Ghost Adventures ushered in its 100th episode in a monumental way, becoming the very first paranormal TV program to investigate the St. Louis home that inspired The Exorcist movie and novel. The crew followed up the 100th episode with another big turn, heading to Transylvania for Halloween. 960 1280

  

Nik Wallenda's Grand Canyon Walk

Nik Wallenda's Grand Canyon Walk

Plenty of nail-biting moments unfolded during the live broadcast of Nik Wallenda’s high-wire act near the Grand Canyon in June. The self-proclaimed “King of the Wire” walked across the Little Colorado River Gorge outside Grand Canyon National Park's borders, in under 25 minutes, with no safety harness. Can we say insane? 960 1280

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Boston World Series

Boston World Series

A city shaken by the Boston Marathon bombing in April rebounded with a bittersweet win in October, when the Boston Red Sox scored 3 runs in the third inning and 3 in the fourth to defeat St. Louis and win the World Series. 960 1280

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Philippines Typhoon

Philippines Typhoon

The Philippines suffered its most devastating loss in early November, when Typhoon Haiyan made landfall, killing nearly 10,000 people in what would become the deadliest typhoon in the Philippines’ history. 960 1280

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Antarctica

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Antarctica

The world’s sexiest models, across 7 continents. Sports Illustrated celebrated its 50th anniversary year in style 2013’s SI Swimsuit edition, with one eye-catching look of Kate Upton going polar bare in Antarctica. We went undercover ourselves, revealing SI’s sexiest models’ sexiest destination picks. 960 1280

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Celebrate the homegrown music and culture of the Big Easy at this annual jazz fest. This year’s lineup showcases old and new music greats, including John Mayer, the Dave Matthews Band, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, The Black Keys, Patti Smith, Gipsy Kings and blues legend B.B. King. 960 1280

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Patrouille des Glaciers

Patrouille des Glaciers

Take in Switzerland’s grand vistas in this ski mountaineering race. Held every 2 years at the end of April, the nearly 32-mile-long race organized by the Swiss Army occurs in the southern part of the canton of Valais, below the summits of Switzerland’s Pennine Alps. By foot and ski, this mountaineering trek will be one for the memory books. 960 1280

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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Head to Southern California’s Coachella Valley for this 3-day music fest. This year’s featured performers include alternative rock pioneers like The Stone Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers. It also pays to think green: Drive to the event with 4 or more people in your car, marked “carpoolchella,” and a secret spotter may give everyone in the car VIP tickets. 960 1280

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Earth Day

Earth Day

Be part of an awe-inspiring effort: Every year more than 1 billion people worldwide gather to protect Mother Earth. Held on April 22, this global campaign unites individuals, communities and more in an effort to combat climate change. In the weeks beforehand, another global event occurs: Earth Hour, in which individuals from more than 135 countries gather in a show of solidarity to protect the environment, as in this shot taken in Dubai. 960 1280

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Amsterdam’s Tulip Season

Amsterdam’s Tulip Season

Take in the breathtaking burst of color at Amsterdam’s Keukenhof Gardens. The world’s largest flower garden spans 70 acres, with more than 7 million bulbs in bloom come springtime: In addition to tulips, visitors can enjoy gardens of daffodils, hyacinths, gladioli and hyacinths -- you’ll want to make sure your camera phone has plenty of juice to capture this show. 960 1280

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Arctic Circle Race

Arctic Circle Race

Ready for a seriously awe-inspiring challenge? This annual skiing race is billed as “world’s toughest ski race” -- and that’s no exaggeration. Held in Sisimiut, Greenland, this extreme cross-country skiing event sees participants traverse nearly 100 miles, over the course of 3 days, through the stunning and sometimes harsh Greenlandic terrain. 960 1280

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Iceland’s First Day of Summer

Iceland’s First Day of Summer

With winter days that offer only 4 or 5 hours of daylight, the coming of summer is welcomed as a national holiday in Iceland. Even though the climate in late April isn’t summer-like just yet, after a long winter it’s still a welcome reprieve -- and the perfect excuse for Icelanders to celebrate with a lineup of parades, sporting events and other outdoor fun -- pony ride, anyone? 960 1280

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NCAA Final Four

NCAA Final Four

From awe-inspiring blocks to incredible dunks, see the most dramatic moments in men’s college basketball play out at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome this April. See the dizzying speed of March Madness conclude as the Final Four vie for the championship trophy. And the winner is …? 960 1280

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Masters Tournament

Masters Tournament

One of the 4 big-daddy events in professional golf, the Masters is the place to be this month for golf pros and enthusiasts alike. With Augusta National Golf Club as the home base, this year’s event is sure to hold plenty of nail-biting moments, like whether Tiger Woods can end his 5-year majors slump with a win on golf’s biggest stage. 960 1280

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Berck-Sur-Mer Kite Festival

Berck-Sur-Mer Kite Festival

See Europe’s biggest kite festival soar to astounding heights. Held annually in the French commune of Berck-sur-Mer, along northern France’s Opal Coast, the event draws kite fliers from all over the world, who dazzle with colorful, air-borne creations before crowds of roughly 600,000 spectators. 960 1280

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National Park Week

National Park Week

Incredible natural beauty is yours -- for free -- during National Park Week in late April. Enjoy free entrance to any of 401 national parks nationwide, taking in the sights of seashores, battlefields, archaeological sites, historic homes and magnificent natural wonders such as the many countless waterfalls at Yosemite National Park. 960 1280

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Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

Few endurance competitions are more awe-inspiring than this: The world’s oldest annual marathon -- and one of the world’s most prestigious road-racing events -- held the third Monday of April, on Patriots’ Day. Here, Canada’s Joshua Cassidy races to the finish line in the men’s wheelchair race. 960 1280

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Biltmore Flower Festival

Biltmore Flower Festival

How’s this for a majestic sight: more than 72,000 tulips, spanning 4 acres, at Biltmore Estate. The stately grounds, tucked in the mountains of Asheville, NC, include the Walled Garden, where you’ll find all those vibrant tulips, as well as the Azalea and Spring Gardens, where your eyes can gorge on even more blooms. 960 1280

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Toonik Tyme

Toonik Tyme

Mind-blowing creations await at the annual Inuit festival of Toonik Tyme, a weeklong event that welcomes back the sun to the Arctic. But, being just 100 miles from the Arctic Circle, it’s still mighty cold: Among the event’s headliners is an ice sculpture competition in a town called Auyuittuq -- an Inuktitut word that means “the land that never melts.” In years past, ice-carving competitors have competed for what just may be the ultimate prize round this neck of the woods: airline tickets for a trip down south (naturally). 960 1280

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15-Day Cruise to Antarctica

15-Day Cruise to Antarctica

"Unlike my usual adventures jetting around the world, this time, I’d use the $10,000 to knock out the last continent I haven’t visited, Antarctica. The 15-day cruise will take me from Ushuaia, Argentina, across the Drake Passage to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. With several shore landings and a night camping, there’s no better way to experience this isolated landscape and its wildlife, with my camera in hand.” — Arthur Hsu, Video Project Manager 960 1280

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Sightseeing Tour in Australia and New Zealand

Sightseeing Tour in Australia and New Zealand

"With a travel budget of $10,000, I would definitely take a trip Down Under. I want to see it all: the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney’s famous harbor and opera house, the beautiful beaches of Australia’s Gold Coast, the Lord of the Rings filming sites in New Zealand, the volcanoes of Auckland and the never-ending gorgeous scenery." — Hannah Prince, Digital Copy Editor 960 1280

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Beer Tour in Germany

Beer Tour in Germany

“There is nothing more refreshing than a cold beer, and I’ve heard that Germany has some of the very best in the world. Beer plays a large part in the German culture, and in a country with more than 1,200 breweries, it’s easy to see why. From smaller, independent craft brews such as Riegele to the well-known German brands, including Beck’s, 1 thing is for sure: If you’re of legal drinking age, you’ll never go thirsty in Germany!” — Ben Breslerman, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Italian Cooking School and Sailing Adventure in Thailand

Italian Cooking School and Sailing Adventure in Thailand

“Some of the most beautiful places in the world are also the best places to eat and soak up some rays. I love Italian food. One of my bucket-list items is to spend 1 month in Italy at a cooking school, preferably in Florence. After that, I’d board a flight to Thailand and sail through the gorgeous Phi Phi Islands, where I plan to sunbathe, nap and eat amazing Thai food for at least 2 weeks.” — Rani Robinson, Director 960 1280

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Romantic Hawaiian Island Getaway

Romantic Hawaiian Island Getaway

“I would use $10,000 to take a flight with my husband to the Hawaiian Islands. We would sink our toes into the exotic red- and black-sand beaches and drive along the scenic Road to Hana, making stops all along the way to see the beautiful waterfalls and dramatic views.” — Kristen Kochanski, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Cultural Immersion in Beautiful Brazil

Cultural Immersion in Beautiful Brazil

After spending almost 3 weeks in Brazil, I would have no qualms about using my $10,000 in this culturally diverse country with some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The ultimate trip would be soaking in the sun on a nude beach (Praia Mole) in Florianopolis; experiencing Carnival for the first time in Rio de Janeiro; eating delicious Brazilian moqueca and buying local art in Salvador; and dancing until the wee hours of the morning at the Week, a club in Sao Paulo. And a tour of the country wouldn’t be complete without an Amazon excursion to hike the rain forest and experience life with an indigenous family.”  — Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer 960 1280

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Spectacular Spain Trip

Spectacular Spain Trip

“With $10,000, I would pack my things and head straight to Spain. Starting in Madrid, I would dive right in and experience the cultural centers, hitting the markets and cafes in Plaza Mayor and maybe even a Real Madrid soccer game — if I could swing a ticket. (That’s likely where the $10K would come in handy!) After Madrid, I would hop a train to Barcelona and check out the coast. And while the history and scenery of Spain is enough for any traveler, this whole trip would really be an excuse to gorge on the amazing food and drink that the country has to offer!” — Matt Dewhurst, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Southern Asia Trek

Southern Asia Trek

"A budgetista when it comes to travel, I can't even imagine how far a budget of $10,000 would take me! Instead of going the luxe route, I'd use this ample amount of cash to fund a long trip — perhaps a grand tour of less-than-easy places to get to in southern Asia. I’d love to see the happiest people on in Earth in Bhutan, tour the temples in Nepal, go tea-house trekking in Sri Lanka — and just keep on travelin’ until the money runs out." — Kathleen Rellihan, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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First-Class Flight to Dubai

First-Class Flight to Dubai

"Fly first-class to Dubai! Ten thousand dollars will get you a round-trip first-class ticket from New York to Dubai. Just remember: When traveling to a city that uses Lamborghinis for police cars, it’s important to arrive in style."  — Josh Levin, Digital Operations Manager 960 1280

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Golf at St. Andrews Links

Golf at St. Andrews Links

"With $10,000, I would take 3 of my best friends to Scotland for the ultimate golf adventure. After arriving in the “Home of Golf,” we’d hit St. Andrews Links for not 1, but 2 incredibly tough rounds of golf. On Day 1, we’d play the famed Old Course. Then, on Day 2, we'd see how it compares to St. Andrews' New Course (although I should mention, the “New Course” was designed in 1894 by Old Tom Morris)." — Ben Breslerman, Interactive Producer  960 1280

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Whirlwind Tour Around the World

Whirlwind Tour Around the World

"As a mileage runner and rock climber, I’d fly around the world. First, stops in Paris and Cape Town, South Africa, for bouldering in Fontainebleau and Rocklands, respectively. Then, I'd continue on to Tokyo for some sashimi, with a final stop in Buenos Aires, just because I’ve never been there. Besides the fun, this trip would earn me 47,000 elite qualifying miles, which will help me maintain my Delta elite flier status." — Arthur Hsu, Video Project Manager 960 1280

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Amazing Amalfi Coast Getaway

Amazing Amalfi Coast Getaway

"I would probably make my $10,000 last as long as possible and save most of it. However, I’d throw some caution to the wind and splurge a little on a fun getaway to Italy’s Amalfi Coast or Spain to explore the Canary Islands, Ibiza, Costa del Sol and Seville." — Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer 960 1280

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Great Greek Adventure

Great Greek Adventure

"I’d take that $10,000 and hop on the next flight to Greece, where I’d charter a yacht and sail the Aegean. I’m not talking a big, hulking cruise ship with subpar onboard meals and a set itinerary. My Greek adventure would include a gorgeous sailboat and a personal skipper, who’d chart an off-the-beaten-path course. I’d spend my days admiring the crystal-clear waters, exploring ancient ruins and dining on fresh seafood. Oh, and drinking plenty of ouzo." — Allee Sangiolo, Video Producer 960 1280

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Scotland Road Trip

Scotland Road Trip

"I'm currently planning a spring trip to Scotland, so $10,000 would come in handy! I'd rent a car and explore the arts and culture hub of Glasgow and historic Edinburgh. Then, I'd head north to Inverness, the Castle Trail and the Highlands. Or I'd stay in a castle in Stirling, and then charter a boat to see the Inner and Outer Hebrides, including Skye (which has beautiful craggy mountains) and Islay (which is famous for malt whiskey distillation). Actually, I could do it ALL for $10,000, and still have change to spare." — Liz Fraser, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Tuscany Bike Tour

Tuscany Bike Tour

"I'd spend my $10,000 on la dolce vita! I'd book the first flight to Firenze, where I'd indulge in Italian food, culture and fashion. I would attend Cucina con Vista, where I'd attempt to learn how to cook from chef Elena Mattei, and then pedal it off on a Backroads bike tour of Tuscany, drinking in the Renaissance architecture, scenic olive orchards and private wine tastings." — Sara Gilliam, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Italy's Wine Country

Italy's Wine Country

"I'd use the $10,000 to travel through Italy’s wine country. I would sip my way through the vineyards in Tuscany and eat authentic Italian food until my heart’s content. The money would also give me the opportunity to see where some of my family originated from and to experience Italian culture at its best." — Kristen Kochanski, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Jao Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Jao Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

"With $10,000, I would take my husband home. Ha! Seriously, he was born in Uganda, and he hasn’t been back since he was 2 years old. We’d travel around the country and also visit Rwanda (where his mother was born) and Botswana, where we’d experience the ultimate sleepover at Jao Camp in the Okavango Delta." — Rani Robinson, Director 960 1280

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